1. Vikings Put Pieces in Place for Kyle Rudolph to Shine in 2014

    Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph probably should have waited a year before claiming to be the best of the best at his position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 8,277 reads 6 comments

  2. Franchise QBs Who Could See Their Successor Drafted in 2014

    In the modern NFL , quarterbacks are most commonly drafted to be the man on day one—no grooming or development on the bench, just straight into the fire...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 33,079 reads 71 comments

  3. Marquess Wilson Gives Chicago Bears Offense a Chance to Grow in 2014

    There is a buzz radiating from Chicago, and it's not all centered on the early successes of Phil Emery's rebuild of the Bears defense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 20,135 reads 62 comments

  4. Will the Minnesota Vikings' New Defensive Line Be Among the NFL's Best?

    If money talks—and in the NFL it almost always does— Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has made it crystal clear about how much he values the defensive line...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 21,594 reads 24 comments

  5. How Much Does Julius Peppers Have Left to Offer Packers?

    The Green Bay Packers took a calculated risk when they agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with 34-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 12,147 reads 17 comments

  6. Jared Allen Finds Best Combination of Money, Title Chance with Chicago Bears

    The free agency wish list for Jared Allen was a relatively simple one; the veteran defensive end wanted to be fairly compensated in his next contract, and he wanted to play for a Super Bowl contender...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 19,562 reads 69 comments

  7. How Has Free Agency Changed Draft Plans in the NFC North?

    The NFC North has feasted on itself during free agency, with a game of musical chairs inside the division filling holes and shifting needs for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 450 reads 0 comments

  8. Latest Compensatory Picks Give Packers, Ted Thompson Chance to Strike Gold Again

    Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has always subscribed to the Ron Wolf draft theory of stockpiling swings at the plate...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 11,563 reads 19 comments

  9. Making the Case for Each of the NFL Draft's Top Prospective Signal-Callers

    As is so often the case, an offseason filled with all-star games, the NFL combine and pro days has led to a tumultuous experience for the top quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL draft...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 10,638 reads 28 comments

  10. Is Captain Munnerlyn the Next Antoine Winfield for the Minnesota VIkings?

    Way back in 2004, the Minnesota Vikings took a gamble on a short, scrappy cornerback named Antoine Winfield, giving the former first-round pick a six-year deal to help fix a pass defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL the year prior...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 16,421 reads 32 comments

  11. Reviewing the Best and Worst of Free Agency in the NFC North

    The NFC North proved to be selectively aggressive during the start of free agency, with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings all making at least one splash signing...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 4,298 reads 302 comments

  12. Did the Bears Land the Steal of Free Agency in DE Willie Young?

    NFL free agency is a flurry of big names and big money dominating the news cycle for most of the new league year's first two weeks...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 35,152 reads 43 comments

  13. Why Re-Signing RB James Starks Matters for the Green Bay Packers

    The Green Bay Packers could have easily gone into next season with a trio of running backs—in Eddie Lacy , DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin—most other clubs would be envious of...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 25,617 reads 64 comments

  14. Packers Sign Julius Peppers: Grading the Move and What It Means for Green Bay

    Desperate to add playmakers to a defense that had so few in 2013, the Green Bay Packers went the unconventional route and added a former division nemesis...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 54,099 reads 254 comments

  15. 1-Year Deal Gives B.J. Raji, Packers One Last Chance to Get It Right

    The Green Bay Packers and defensive lineman B.J. Raji are going to give it one last try at getting it right...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 27,051 reads 55 comments

  16. Early Free Agent Moves Have Set Up Vikings Defense for a Revival in 2014

    Quietly, the Minnesota Vikings are putting in place the foundation for a sudden revival on defense. The January arrival of defensive guru Mike Zimmer at head coach has since ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 months ago 6,013 reads 8 comments

  17. Are the Bears Any Better at Safety with Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings?

    Despite adding a pair of free agents during the first two days of the new league year, it is difficult to determine whether or not the Chicago Bears have improved at the safety position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 23,262 reads 131 comments

  18. Golden Tate Signing Gives Lions Offense the Final Piece of the Puzzle

    In obvious need of a No. 2 receiver to team with Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions successfully courted arguably the best available option in free agency...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 29,586 reads 195 comments

  19. Vikings Sign Linval Joseph, Grading the Move and What It Means for Minnesota

    When at its best in recent years, the Minnesota Vikings defense was built on the foundation of big, disruptive defensive linemen. On the first day of free agency, the Vikings stuck to the working script and added another talented big man...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 23,790 reads 87 comments

  20. Bears Sign Lamarr Houston, Grading the Move and What It Means for Chicago

    The defensive revolution in Chicago began in earnest Tuesday, when the Bears opened up free agency by signing former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 21,627 reads 87 comments

  21. Everson Griffen Deal a Show of Faith from Mike Zimmer, Vikings

    Presented with the opportunity and cash reserves to pursue one of his former defensive stalwarts, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer instead made his first big splash by re-signing ascending pass-rusher Everson Griffen to a $42...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 8,799 reads 16 comments

  22. New Contract Is a Win-Win for Green Bay Packers and Sam Shields

    Sam Shields got his big payday, and the Green Bay Packers kept their young, ascending cornerback when the two sides agreed to a new, mutually beneficial deal Saturday night, just hours after free agents could begin discussions with other teams...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 24,825 reads 61 comments

  23. NFL Salary Cap 2014: Reviewing All 4 NFC North Teams Ahead of Free Agency

    An extra $10 million in available cap room has pumped some life into the annual players auction known as NFL free agency...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 828 reads 0 comments

  24. How Much Is CB Sam Shields Worth to the Green Bay Packers?

    For now over a year, the Green Bay Packers and the representatives of free agent cornerback Sam Shields have been unable to find common ground on a new deal that would keep the emerging 26-year-old in Green Bay long term...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 6,859 reads 21 comments

  25. Khalil Mack: Pro Day Reaction and Analysis

    Already a likely top pick, edge rusher Khalil Mack cemented his status as one of the best players in the 2014 NFL Draft by blazing through his 40-yard dash at the University of Buffalo pro day Tuesday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 35,422 reads 73 comments